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Testing CEL module performance

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  1. vaibhav.doshi avatar
    vaibhav.doshi
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    21 Jul 2015
    21 Jul 2015
    I just want to set up a simple ZigBee network to perform Range and Packet Error Rate (PER) tests between two devices. Is it possible to buy some evaluation kit(cheaper version) from CEL before actually purchasing a Silicon Labs kit?

    Is it possible to power up a CEL module and test if it is detected in an existing zigbee network. I tried downloading CEL test tool from the site but link seems to be corrupt.

     
  2. vreinhardt avatar
    vreinhardt
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    08 Jul 2014
    11 Aug 2015 in reply to vaibhav.doshi
    Hi Vaibhav,

    We recommend purchasing a MeshWorks kit here, you will want to look at our loop-back example on GIT hub here.  Once you receive the kit you can program Sensor 1 as the "node" and Sensor 2 as the "gateway" and this will allow you to do a range test in your target environment.  Please try this temporary download link here, for the test tool which is reaching the end of it's useful life since our universal evaluation boards are no longer sold.  I would recommend MeshWorks Kit since it will allow you to experiment with the cloud, temp and humidity, ambient light detector,  etc.

    Regards,
    -Vince
  3. vaibhav.doshi avatar
    vaibhav.doshi
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    12 Aug 2015 in reply to vreinhardt
    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for the reply.
    We have the kit here and we tried the scripts that you mentioned and they are working as expected.Though , i still have a few queries:
    1. We have a meshconnect gateway device in the kit and we are unable to detect it in the network map of the tool.The device is in the same subnet as the test pc. Is there any step to be followed to detect the gateway and update its script?

    2. What is the default transmit power when we use the gateway and node python scripts? Is there any way where we can adjust the transmit power of the sensor nodes? We wanted to do a range test at 4dbm,8dbm,20dbm.

    3. Is there a way to configure one of the nodes as HA coordinator? This way we can do a range test with actual Zigbee device.

    Regards,
    Vaibhav


  4. vreinhardt avatar
    vreinhardt
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    24 Aug 2015 in reply to vaibhav.doshi
    Hi Vaibhav,

    1. We have a meshconnect gateway device in the kit and we are unable to detect it in the network map of the tool.The device is in the same subnet as the test pc. Is there any step to be followed to detect the gateway and update its script?


    [VR]  Here is the document that will walk you through the recovery process.  The next version of MeshWork's GUI will have the ability to connect direct over Ethernet UDP.

    2. What is the default transmit power when we use
    the gateway and node python scripts? Is there any way where we can adjust the transmit power of the sensor nodes? We wanted to do a range test at 4dbm,8dbm,20dbm.

    [VR] No there is currently no way to do this since the power control is abstracted from the scripting language layer.

    3. Is there a way to configure one of the nodes as HA coordinator? This way we can do a range test with actual ZigBee device.

    [VR] No MeshWorks devices are running under a proprietary version of firmware that is not HA compatible.

    Regards,

    -Vince
    Last modified on 24 Aug 2015 21:08 by vreinhardt